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"You & Me" Mixed Media Word Art

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"You & Me" Mixed Media Word Art

designed by Rita Barakat

Admire unique textures and techniques with word art using Media Specialty products.

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DecoArt Media® Fluid Acrylics

  • Quinacridone Magenta (DMFA35)
  • Yellow Green Light (DMFA46)

DecoArt Media® Specialty Products

  • Crackle Paste (DMM17)
  • Liquid Glass (DMM14)
  • Texture Sand Paste (DMM23)
  • White Gesso (DMM18)
  • White Modeling Paste (DMM21)
  • White Tinting Base (DMM29)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • 2" chip brush
  • cardboard (letters)
  • cosmetic sponge
  • corrugated cardboard
  • drywall tape
  • palette knife
  • embellishments of choice


NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Using a 2" chip brush, apply a layer of Gesso to the front of the words.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Apply Crackle Paste to the entire "&" symbol.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Randomly throughout the lettering, add Modeling Paste on top of drywall tape and carefully lift the tape to reveal the design while the paste is still wet.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Randomly add Modeling Paste with a spatula or palette knife. Use patterned cardboard to press a design into the wet modeling paste.
    Step 3 Example
  5. To the lower section of the letters, add Texture Sand Paste with a palette knife.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Allow everything to dry completely.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Paint the letters in Yellow Green Light, Quinacridone Magenta, and a mix of Quinacridone Magenta and Tinting Base. Use a cosmetic sponge to lightly dab the drywall circles.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Randomly add dots throughout the surface using Liquid Glass.
    Step 7 Example
  9. Apply Liquid Glass to a medium-sized area. While still wed, embed small beads of choice.
    Step 8 Example
  10. Use a sponge lightly dipped in tinting base to add white accents around and in each letter.
    Step 9 Example